Bailey

Carroll College, Class of 2021

Service Leadership Scholar

DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS:

Applying for colleges, and figuring out how to apply, stay organized, and get all of your paperwork in on time can be really overwhelming at first. My experience with Hughes Tutoring really helped me not to stress out too much. It allowed me to have peace of mind, knowing that I have plenty of help and support along the way. 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY IF YOU COULD?

If I could do anything differently, I would have actually stressed less, and put that energy into studying for standardized tests instead. I got a good score on my ACT, but my opinion is that you really can't study too much for the test.  Simply improving your score by a few points can open up countless doors for you! For me, getting a few more points was the difference between thousands of dollars. 

WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE TO UPCOMING SENIORS/CURRENT JUNIORS?

My best piece of advice would be to start early. Start studying for the ACT and SAT as soon as possible. Start researching colleges, applying for scholarships, writing essays, building a resume, thinking about your passions, interests, and aspirations as soon as you can. You won't regret staying on top of the "college to do list".  The more you do, the less stressed you will feel! 

OF WHICH ASPECT OF YOUR APPLICATIONS ARE YOU MOST PROUD?

I would have to say that I am most proud of my resume. As a freshman in high school, I decided to just throw myself into every opportunity and activity that I could handle. This really payed off, because colleges really like to see a student who is able to handle a lot. 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR NEXT FALL?

I am very excited for the challenges that I will face next fall, and the opportunities that I will have to grow as an individual. I'm going to be studying nursing, and I hope that every difficult experience will be an opportunity for me to learn. 

IF YOU WERE IN CHARGE OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE? 

If I were in charge of college admissions for a day, I would give more money to the kids who really need it. I come from a pretty low-income household with one parent, and I've really come to appreciate the generosity of colleges who have understood my challenging situation financially (scholarships have saved my life!).